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Posted: 12/09/2014 at 18:53

DD - he looks a bit like the ginger cat I used to have . He was useless too - couldn't catch cold...

Lesley - I forgot to answer your query re fairylet's glasses. Oldest has worn them for a few years, but she only has one pair. Her sight's altered a little so we got an updated pair and the old ones will be spare. Youngest was struggling to see the board in class, hence the visit. Don't have to pay for her lenses as she's 17, and didn't have to pay for oldest's as the frames were over a certain price. She's going to pay me back when she gets her first wage though as she's just got a part time job. At this rate I'll be getting a month's wages 

I've always quite fancied a trillium fidget, and they grow well up here - climate suits them. We will require pix 

There was nice dwarf Geum for those of you who like the bright orange ones. It was called 'Koi' - colour of a goldfish. I assume that's the reason for the name! 

Hedge disease

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:46

It does look like beech. Is there any drainage in the container Schroedinger? It doesn't look as if there is - which could be a big problem. Beech, in particular, doesn't like being soggy. 

PS love the last cartoon! 


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 17:36

No BM - would be fatal if I worked in that nursery! 

Managed to restrain myself - replaced the geraniums I bought from Jackson's with the one I actually ordered - renardii. If only the nursery had been stocking it at the time I ordered it would have saved me money  Got a low growing sedum - Ruby Glow which has quite dark flowers, but not the purple stemmed one I was going for. Also a Libertia 'Goldfinger'  for near the pond....which has been cleaned and filled, and was being used by two young magpies when I came home!  I still have some gravel to get and organise plants but the local wildlife can get use of it now. 

Damp curtain hanging? Think I'd still have to iron them Steve...

Wire mesh over the bulbs when you plant DD - easier when they're in pots. That works quite well , unless you're invaded by them.  Mainly the small ones they go for - crocus etc. I've used fine plastic netting as well although I'm not bothered by mice here in this area. More of a problem when I was rural, but we only had daffs and snowdrops. Rabbits ate everything else so we stuck with those. Mice never touched the snowdrops but they probably didn't need to - plenty of other stuff for them to eat!

What holly to plant for berries

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:37

Lovely archie 

I'd give them a good bit of room if you can Lesley -  a couple of metres apart anyway - so that you can let them get the conical shape - I'm fairly sure the gold one grows like that but I could be completely wrong! If you're not  bothered about that you could put them closer so that you can get in to prune etc.


Drainage for Plant Box

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:21

Snap Bob - more or less! I've done this with boxes on top of my fence - the base sits on battens attached to sides of the box. 

I use the weed fabric too! Great minds 

Drainage for Plant Box

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:20

Hi Michael - you have to have drainage. The best way with this type of planter is to create a false bottom, ie - put the base of the container about an inch or two higher leaving a gap between the four sides and the concrete base. Drill plenty of holes in it and you'll have no problem. 

What holly to plant for berries

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 12:13

You can keep them trimmed into shape though, and they often benefit from a good haircut if they really get out of hand. I had a nice pair of standard hollies at my last house as they were much tougher for the location than box, and the bunnies couldn't reach them! 

I think it's Silver Queen that's the popular male variety Lesley.  

Must have been a man that named those...

Talkback: How to plant bulbs

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 12:08

Totally depends on the size of bulb peter, and they can vary enormously. Four inches or so will suit smaller daffs, but would be too deep for  crocus, and too shallow for most lilies for instance. Bob's description is the way to go - you won't go far wrong if you follow that.

In pots you can plant more closely together, and also less deep as it's a different medium altogether, and many people feel tulips will perform and survive better if they're planted more deeply than the recommended 'twice the height' system  


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 12:00

Well that's me £200 lighter after the optician....anyone want to buy two children? They're house trained - more or less. No reasonable offer refused....

DD - if you're struggling, put your bulbs in pots and when you've cleared the areas they're going into, you can either sink the pot in for this year, or carefully take them out the pots and plant them. 

OL - you soon forget how sweet they once were when they have their big, ugly, horrible  teenager moods... although mine are small rather than big! They're all lovely when they're asleep....

Hope he has a lovely birthday though! 

Very long week OL...and also sad, as there's been some very offensive comments  made...it's a no win situation whatever happens. It's become very divisive and unpleasant now. 

Clearing up here now so I'll go and get on outside for a little while before I go to the nursery for a little peace and quiet 

privet and toad stools

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:30

You can always do a comparison to honey fungus on internet sites which might help if you can't get a pic on here, but as nut says, it's easy to jump to conclusions and imagine the worst. Privet is fairly hard to kill - it survives severe pruning, heavy, wet conditions as well as dry, animal and insect attacks and all manner of other things thrown at it!

Rule out all other obvious issues first, and look at planting and soil conditions around it.  For instance - is anything else affected in any way?  

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